SUVs Pay More to Park in Montreal
"Luc Rabouin, the new Projet Montréal mayor of the borough, announced his intention to raise the permit prices for vehicles that produce more emissions at a council meeting earlier this month," according to an article by the CBC News. A vote on the proposal is expected in December.
Rabouin pitches the new parking fee as both a financial benefit to the borough, as well as an environmental benefit to the world.
As noted in the article, there is a precedent in Quebec for charging larger, more polluting vehicles more to operate. The borough of Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce "enacted a new pricing system for permits based on the size of the vehicle's engine in June. Owners of vehicles with larger engines are charged more, while those with electric vehicle receive a rebate." In addition, "hybrid and electric vehicle owners also pay less than gasoline cars" in Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie.